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Windshield wipers stopped working
« on: April 22, 2006, 05:21:13 PM »
It was raining and I flipped the switch and the wipers started to work  and then the RC stalled and when I finally got it started the wipers did not work.

Hmm, probably should check the fuse.

Too late, already asked the question.

The switch feels almost as if it floats like it is not making any contact inside the box.

If the switch is bad, what replace it?  There are a couple of switch delays in the JC Whitney catalog, would those things work.

OK, no more questions from me for at least 1 day.

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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2006, 05:28:03 PM »
I would first check the fuse and then there is a ground strap on the wiper motor. I found recently on mine that it does not always make good contact. I would give that a try before I spent any money.
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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2006, 05:54:08 PM »
Grounding strap, hmm, that could be, thanks i will look at it tomorrow.

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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2006, 11:29:25 PM »
try tapping the wiper motor with a hammer.

I had a truck that the wipers did not work on, I verified all wires were correct and getting power.  I decided it was a bad motor, and tried to remove the motor, gave up when I couldnt get the last bolt out, and put it back like I had it.

Jump to 6 months later, I was driving at night, fell asleep at the wheel, and grazed a guard rail with the truck... from that day on the wipers worked without fail.

Either the jarring made it work, or the truck was worried I would destroy her if she quit on me...
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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006, 09:19:22 AM »


 fell asleep at the wheel, and grazed a guard rail with the truck... ...

Now that is a tough way to make something work!
I don't think I will try it, tapping with a hammer is more my style.

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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2006, 01:25:04 PM »
when you turn on your wipers can you hear the wiper motor running? - if so check the wiper linkage and the plastic bushing connecting the motor and the crank arm
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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2006, 01:49:15 PM »
I don't hear anything.
Haven't checked the fuse yet either.

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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2006, 02:09:49 PM »
Mine quit a few months ago and rather than pay $80 for a new switch (dash mounted) I tried the cheap stuff.  Fuse was ok so I removed the bolt that has the ground strap on it and cleaned it thoroughly along with the base of the bolt head that makes contact with the ground.  I also ran a tap through the threads and chased the threads on the bolt to remove any corrosion. 

End result was it was dirty ground and they work just fine.


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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2006, 08:34:46 AM »


End result was it was dirty ground and they work just fine.


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I think I should be able to do this.  I'm hoping to be able to put hands on the RC this weekend, after I get some trenching down around the house.

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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2006, 09:54:47 AM »
hell i tap the gard rail just to show that i know where i am on the road har ;)
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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2006, 03:46:44 PM »
hell i tap the gard rail just to show that i know where i am on the road har ;)

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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2006, 08:48:03 PM »
Try rubbing the paint off a spot on the motor. With the switch on, ground that spot with a wire. See if it works.
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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2006, 08:59:31 PM »
My wipers in my new  88 Ramcharger didn't work when i got it and low and behold the ground strap is missing. I made another one and they worked like a champ. Good luck!!!! :D
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Re: Windshield wipers stopped working
« Reply #13 on: May 1, 2006, 07:05:20 AM »
Looks like the consensis is that it is the ground strap and it seems simple enough for even me to try.

I will let you know.

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